Terry Cannon - Research Fellow
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Terry Cannon has been teaching and researching in development studies for many years, and was Reader in Development Studies at the University of Greenwich until 2009. While there, he also worked for the Natural Resources Institute (NRI). Before that, he taught rural development at the Institute for Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague. His background discipline is geography, with additional qualifications in economics and politics.
At IDS he is teaching in the MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy. He also teaches at King's College London (on both development studies and on climate change and disaster vulnerability) and in the MSc Disaster Management at University of Copenhagen. He is part time Director of Studies at the International Centre for Climate Change and Development, which is hosted at Independent University, Bangladesh.
His main research focus is on rural livelihoods, disaster vulnerability and climate change adaptation, especially at community level. He is one of the co-authors of "At Risk: natural hazards, people's vulnerability and disasters", (the first 3 chapters are downloadable free in pdf format), which has become one of the most widely cited and used books in the field, and translated into Spanish, Japanese and Chinese. He is also engaged in capacity building on these issues for NGOs and UNDP in several countries, most recently in Vietnam.
Until the late 1990s Terry was also involved in research on regional development, spatial inequality and poverty in China, especially in relation to the impacts of the economic reforms.
Participatory vulnerability assessment and climate adaptation planning for food security and nutrition in East Africa
Cultures and Disasters: Understanding Cultural Framings in Disaster Risk ReductionBook (2015)
Why did the people of the Zambesi Delta affected by severe flooding return early to their homes or even choose to not evacuate? How is the forced resettlement of small-scale farmers living along the foothills of an active volcano on the Philippines impacting on their day-to-day livelihood routines? More details
Political Economy of Climate Compatible Development: Artisanal Fisheries and Climate Change in GhanaIDS Working Paper 346 (2014)
Interest in prospects for policy processes that contribute to development, climate change adaptation and mitigation, known as ‘climate compatible development’, has been growing in response to increasing awareness of the impacts of climate change. More details
The Potential and Limits of the ‘Resilience Agenda’ in Peri-urban ContextsIDS Policy Briefing 63 (2014)
Today, it is acknowledged that peri-urban space plays a critical and increasing role role is still poorly understood and peri-urban areas are rarely recognised in the in relation to urban expansion. Yet this different relevant decision-making spheres, leading to the political and economic marginalisation of peri-urban residents, who are often among the poor. More details
Exploring the Potential and Limits of the Resilience Agenda in Rapidly Urbanising ContextsIDS Evidence Report 63 (2014)
More than half the world’s population now live in urban areas. In developing countries, these areas will become home to almost all of the projected 50 per cent population growth that will occur between now and 2030, swelling urban populations by a further 1.3 billion by 2030 and 2.5 billion by 2050 (GMR 2013). More details
Rural livelihood diversification and adaptation to climate change
In the developing world, climate change is already being felt by the poorest and most vulnerable communities. As the climate becomes less predictable and extreme weather events become more frequent, there is a clear and urgent need for support that will help these communities in their efforts to prepare for, and adapt to, the changing conditions. More details